Be the Expert: Spot the delusions in this real-estate ad

March 07th, 2011

This is a "luxury real estate" newsletter I get every month. See how many logical disconnects/delusions you can spot in the copy. Leave a comment with your findings. Read more "Be the Expert" posts.

The result of decades of propaganda

November 22nd, 2010 this: "About 84% of the respondents...said owning makes more sense than renting, consistent with earlier surveys." The push for Americans to own real estate has been so systematic, so deeply embedded, so endorsed (by multiple presidents and the duplicitous NAR) that no matter what counter-evidence is presented, a majority of Americans will always believe real estate is the ...

Why do we assume that higher house prices = good?

March 09th, 2010

If the price of toothpaste or a burrito dropped 20%, most of us would be thrilled. So why is it considered a catastrophe when housing prices drop? Last week, I asked you to identify the cultural assumption in this screenshot. Here's what I was thinking of: Isn't it funny how "home prices falling" is assumed to be a bad thing? ...

Be the expert: What’s wrong with this real-estate comment?

November 29th, 2009

As you know, I have strong opinions on buying a house, and most people don't know what they're talking about when they talk about real estate being the "best" investment. So when a Wharton professor wrote a Washington Post column pointing out common myths of homeownership, I laughed at some of the comments. "Wow is this a poorly written and ...

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June 08th, 2009

I've been hammering on the idea of focusing on the big wins instead of worrying about $3 lattes here and there. It's far better to focus on cutting 25% off the two biggest areas of your spending than to worry about saving 5% on 50 things. Any time you make a major purchase, there is a huge amount of money ...

Expert advice: Tax breaks on your house

March 31st, 2009

Photo by blmurch A few weeks ago, I offered you the opportunity to ask David Bergstein, professional tax analyst and CPA, your tax questions and a chance to get a free account at CCH CompleteTax. Some of this is pretty technical, but I wanted to get your advanced questions answered, so here are David's answers. * * * "IWTYBR readers posted some excellent ...